I want it all; I want it now

You hear it a lot: Young people just don’t have any patience. They have an entitlement attitude.  You have to work your way up and earn your place.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve been here forever, and surely by now that should be recognised? Then I kick myself and think that I’m glad to have a job.  I’m still a fresh grad with plenty to learn and skills to hone. Sometimes I am irritated that my title and income bracket are still the same although I’m doing work beyond that. And then I remind myself that I have to be patient. Good things take time.

It’s funny how I am making what my mum made 6, 7 years ago as an accountant and now think it’s peanuts.  How fast things change. I’m definitely suffering from that 20-something I want it all and I want it now attitude.

I know that I’ve been proving I can handle more responsibility. I have to make my accomplishments more visible – blow my own horn, learn to schmooze.  I tend to just work quietly and prefer to get on with the job but am trying to be more visible…which given my hours isn’t always easy. As per Revanche’s advice, I’m cultivating rapport with those I work alongside. And I know that most everyone knows how awesome I am – the people around me and just above me, at least.

But I don’t want to end up like this friend of mine, and I may need to jump ship at some point to get ahead. I’ve been keeping one eye on the job market for months. Now one has come up and I’m hesitating. Why? Normally I would be the first to say, what’s the harm in testing the waters? I really don’t know. It’s all familiar – maybe I’m too settled? I like the environment, I like the people I work with. And I’m reluctant to risk giving that up.

However, that’s just not good enough a reason – so I’m biting the bullet. And maybe nothing will come of it. But there’s nothing to lose either way, right?


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2 thoughts on “I want it all; I want it now

  • Reply Veronica May 11, 2010 at 23:36

    Now that I’ve hit my late twenties I’ve slowed down on that I want I want phase. I know it’s something that will come in time, I just have to keep plugging at it, & work hard.

    I’ve been stuck in kind of a rut at my job for the past couple of years, been passed over several times for promotions, but I keep sticking it out. I know I could make more elsewhere, but there are things that this place can still teach me, and I REFUSE to leave until they do, or they fire me.

  • Reply Jane May 13, 2010 at 08:55

    I know how you feel. I still (often) feel like I want it all, and I want it now. But I do have (now) some of the things I desperately wanted a few years ago. I wonder if some sort of latent sense of entitlement may have actually helped me achieve those things and end up in a better place than where I started. I am rambling…

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